A number of House Democrats are urging the FCC to make sure that T-Mobile will accept steps designed to protect jobs as a condition of FCC approval. In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, 62 House Democrats urged they would work against “another consolidation of two companies that leads to reduction of American jobs.” The letter further asked the FCC to force T-Mobile to commit to “preserving US jobs” before signing off on the proposed merger.
It’s likely that a merger between the two companies would involve job losses as a combination of two marketing, sales and HQ offices would lead to overlap. In response to the letter, T-Mobile spokesman Timothy O’Regan issued a statement to The Hill:
“The combination of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS will create a stronger company with the goal of emerging as the country’s leading value carrier, providing much needed competition against the larger established players in the wireless business.”
T-Mobile has committed to adding more than 1,000 jobs in their B2B department even as they cut more than 350 net jobs in 2012. This letter is just another minor bump in the road as T-Mobile and MetroPCS still have some work to do to push the merger through as the two largest MetroPCS shareholders press for a better deal. MetroPCS shareholders will vote on the proposed combination on April 12th.